21 March 2017
Brussels – The EU-Turkey statement: success or failure?
Birgit Sippel – Jerome Hughes – Gerald Knaus. Photo: Birgit Sippel
Birgit Sippel – Jerome Hughes – Gerald Knaus. Photo: Birgit Sippel

ESI's Gerald Knaus spoke at a panel debate organised by the European Policy Centre (EPC) entitled "The EU-Turkey statement: success or failure?".

One year on from the adoption of the EU-Turkey Statement, the debate looked at how far it can be considered a success. Supporters of the deal say it has provided the possibility of a safe route for Syrian refugees, saving countless lives and putting human traffickers out of business. Critics say that many parts of it aren't working, and that it's about the EU giving billions of euros to Turkey in order to renege on its responsibilities. The event took the form of a head-to-head between Gerald Knaus and Birgit Sippel, an MEP and coordinator of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee. It was chaired by Jerome Hughes, a Brussels-based Irish video journalist.

Birgit Sippel – Jerome Hughes – Gerald Knaus. Photo: Birgit Sippel
Birgit Sippel – Jerome Hughes – Gerald Knaus. Photo: Birgit Sippel
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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com